Church Releasing Sex Abuse Files On Chicago Clergy
CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago is getting ready to release thousands of pages of documents involving clergy sex abuse.
Attorneys for abuse victims will receive the documents today, and they'll make the documents public next week as part of a yearslong effort to hold the church accountable for how it handled allegations against priests that date back decades.
Attorneys say the church in some cases concealed crimes and permitted priests to continue working in situations that allowed them to abuse more children.
The archdiocese agreed to release the files as part of settlements with abuse victims.
The documents include complaints and other files for about 30 priests with substantiated abuse allegations.
Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and Catholics. He says no priests accused of abuse are in active ministry.